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Brooders & Chick Boxes item created by CupOJoe42, Jan 12, 2012
Pros - Easy to use and cheap to run.
Cons - Chicks WILL get on top and poop.
50 chicks is really stretching it. 30 is a better number.
Love that the chicks can run in and out from under this as needed. They definitely seem calmer and more comfortable.
Chicks WILL get on top and poop. Cover with clear contact paper so you can still see the power indicator light.
Pros - Safer
Cons - Cleaning the top
Love it. The chicks get a break from the lights at night and are much quieter. I bought this one because the legs are a screw in type and were higher rated than the smaller one. The size is over kill, I usually have 25 or less chicks. I just wish I had it sooner.
Pros - No fire risk, less electricity usage, chicks are happier, adjustable
Cons - NONE
I have this and use it for all my different types of poultry. Chicks seem to do much better on this than lights. I would suggest getting 2 smaller ones over one larger one though. By 4 weeks they do not need it (if you brood indoors). I assumed the bigger one would mean more room underneath but realistically they don't use it that long to need the additional space. Also, the larger one is harder to fit in most makeshift brooders in storage tubs, etc. Other that that i love this thing and plan to get more. They make me feel much safer and it gives the chick more control over finding their comfort level without being overheated or fried by a burning red light.
Pros - Chicks love it, efficient
Cons - 50 chicks will outgrow it rather quickly
We've owned this for a couple years now and it's still going strong. Had a 39 hour power outage this week and this kept 57, 1 week old chicks warm and safe with no piling, while pulling a small amount of power from the generator that was running multiple fridge/freezers (7 kids). The next morning we moved their large brooder into an insulated part of the shop and set up both the EcoGlow50 and added a heat lamp so they wouldn't have to be shoulder to shoulder. There was a big jump in use of power. The generator could handle it but with the heatlamp risks and power usage, I've decided it's worth the investment in a second EcoGlow50. I have had heatlamps explode when I wasn't around and lost chicks that were attracted to the shiny bits. After this experience, I am ordering a second EcoGlow50 and eliminating the heatlamps. I've decided that, yes, they are a bit pricey but are worth it if you are going to be raising chicks over time.
Pros - Very safe, no overheating, chicks love it, great success with it
Cons - The legs are a little flimsy, but not too bad
Have never regretted purchasing this unit. Brooding with a heat lamp can be so dangerous. The chicks love it, you can adjust the height on both ends in the event that you have a diverse size of chicks. Would highly recommend ++++++++
Pros - 60 watts vs. 250 watts, reduced fire risk, easy to use, easy to clean.
Cons - The purchase price, which I have forgotten already.
I am summer brooding around 60 Banty chicks under this EcoGlow 50, it has never been so easy to set up and get going. With no temp controls except the leg height adjustments, it is for the most part just 'plug n play.' Yes they get on top, so what? If you have chickens and don't have a good scraper around, well you should get one. My chicks seem to just love the electric hen, I am feeling the same way I suppose.
They snuggle down under it and many pop their heads out the sides, cute in the nth degree. Everyone seems happy, no loud chirping or other disturbing noise from the brooder. I no longer fear cooking my birds with the heat lamp. A heat lamp is a terribly inefficient device. And very, very hot, ever touched the end of a hot one? I'm sure you won't forget it. The EcoGlow is just good and warm to the touch. Ever had a lamp break over your brooder, and the chicks go after the glass? As an appliance the fire danger is the same as a coffee maker or toaster, always a chance but few go without them. We have had three barn fires in Cache Valley this spring, all from heat lamps, one family made their living from their hobby farm. Very sad, all could have been prevented with this EcoGlow.
It is safe, it works, I feel much better about things. I've already forgotten the sting of the purchase price. But I don't have to rush to 'check' the lamp all of the time… So if you are in it for real, you should consider getting one or the other EcoGlows. I believe I am going to enjoy it immensely.
Pros - NO risk of fire, chicks relax quickly, very adjustable
Cons - You can't see the chicks unless you lift it up, the poop on top
I have to say I looked at reviews everywhere for this thing. I read almost every one, good or bad. I LOVE this thing!
The heat lamps give me fits over risking a fire with something so hot and I wanted an alternative. I have had no problems with it other than the chicks went under it right away, straight out of the shipment box and I didn't see them again for a while. Not really a problem, just a bummer I couldn't check them out first.
It is big enough for the 25, now 24 chicks I have. NO overheating, if they get warm they just come out. I can raise one side at a time so the smaller ones can snuggle up deeper and the bigger ones don't get squished. They use the top as a runway, albeit a poopy one, but I just scrape it off every couple of days with a litter scoop.
All said, this the EcoGlow50 was a no-brainer for me. The energy use is minimal compared to those bulbs. Yay energy savings!
Try one, you'll love it.
Pros - No fire hazard
Cons - Can't see the chicks
I had a bad experience with both the large & small ones of these. The chicks would pile up underneath & I would have to lift it up daily to remove dead chicks. You can't see the chicks underneath there so you have to pick it up to check on their health & welfare. It was a good idea, but doesn't work so great.
Pros - Safe, easy
Cons - Some chicks will roost and poop on the top
The above reviews say most of why we love this brooder - safe, effective, and cozy. I'd add that it maintains a normal sleep/wake cycle for the chicks. Unlike light-brooded chicks, that will often poke around all night long and stay quite noisy, EcoGlow brooded chicks settle in as night falls and sleep until first light. It's wonderful to see them stretched out like little lambs, heads and necks outside the brooder and bodies warm inside. I think it helps them eat and digest more effectively; they are enthusiastic and active in the morning with empty crops like they should have. They tuck themselves in with full "tummies." VERY highly recommended.
Pros - Easy to use, low electric use
Cons - None!
This product has made brooding new chicks infinately easier! No worries about burning the birds, the coop or the bedding. The adjustable (screw type) legs make adjusting this item super easy. The top does become a 'roosting platform' for older chicks - but is very easily cleaned with just a flat-bladed tool (like a plastic putty knife you'd use to fill nail holes in walls with) and a bit of water - of course if it's unplugged!
Speaking of the plug - it's a generous 10+' long! Much like a laptop cord, there is a box 1/2 way up the cord, so the part that the chicks are around is really thin and easy to put through any size mesh neeting lid.
Despite the high cost of this item, I found I could keep 25 birds happily warm until they were a month old (meat birds that had reached nearly 2 lbs each!). Well worth the cost. If you are brooding smaller batches (say under 10), I'd consider the smaller Ecoglow 20. But if you're doing large numbers of birds, this is the one to get for your chicks!